Labour's Rachel Reeves clarifies 'working people are people who go out to work'

19 June 2024, 09:38 | Updated: 19 June 2024, 12:04

Labour's shadow chancellor has said "working people are people who go out to work" after the party has repeatedly said it would not raise taxes for "working people".

Rachel Reeves was asked who exactly "working people" are after Sir Keir Starmer said they are people who are working but do not have meaningful savings.

Labour's manifesto pledges to "not increase taxes on working people", but who exactly that covers has not been entirely clear.

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The party has committed to not raising national insurance, income tax, or VAT, but its leaders have refused to say if they would increase other taxes.

Asked what he meant by working people, Sir Keir told LBC on Tuesday: "People who earn their living, rely on our [public] services and don't really have the ability to write a cheque when they get into trouble."

Ms Reeves was asked to clarify that position, telling Sky News' Breakfast with Kay Burley on Wednesday: "Working people are people who go out to work and work for their incomes.

"Sort of by definition, really, working people are those people who go out and work and earn their money through hard work."

Asked if that also meant people who cannot write a cheque if they get into trouble, she said: "Some people, who go out to work haven't been able to build up savings.

"Many other people who go out to work, have had to run down their savings.

"But there are people who do have savings, who have been able to save up and those are working people as well."